Fifteen years ago to the day, Vince Carter and Allen Iverson were engaged in one of the more iconic playoff battles of the post-Michael Jordan era.
On May 11, 2011, Carter dropped 50 points (19-29 FG, 9-13 3PT) in a 102-78 blowout victory in Game 3 — in response to Iverson scoring 54 points in a 97-92 Game 2 win — to help the Toronto Raptors take a 2-1 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals:
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Over the course of the epic seven-game series — which the Sixers won en route to the NBA Finals — Iverson averaged 33.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 3.1 steals, while Carter matched him blow-for-blow with 30.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.0 blocks.
At the time, Iverson and Carter were arguably the two biggest perimeter stars in the game — besides perhaps Kobe Bryant, who had yet to win his second championship — and this series helped cement their status as Hall-of-Fame-caliber stars.
Jovan Buha covers the NBA for FOX Sports. Follow him on Twitter: @jovanbuha.